Sea of Shit/Water Torture:
Source: Operation Grindcore
This is a split that I kinda-sorta had foreseen coming/kinda tried to put out myself, but Diseased Audio had the gall to get to it first. I ain’t bitter though, cause this split is a dream come true for fans of filthy fast music. Two titans of underground powerviolence together at last. Makes me sick, in the best possible way. Sea of Shit are up first with three tracks of grime-violence. The tracks are a bit cleaner than their last EP (but come on, most records are in comparison), and the slow parts have increased a bit overall, but it gives the songs and riffs a bit more room to breathe. The opening track, “Black and Blue”, is an awesome down-tempo trudger that develops and builds very naturally, while at the same time sounding like it’s decaying and falling apart, and the following two tracks both have interesting drum passages and breakdowns. The last track even has a kinda black metal chord progression. Overall, the tracks don’t have as much of a visceral impact as their previous releases, but it is a solid effort.
Now the Water Torture side is just straight up violence. Five tracks from my Buffalo favorites, and this time we get not one, but two bass players slamming out the sickness. The result may be Water Torture’s heaviest recording to date. Pretty remarkable how the new addition really didn’t muddy up the sound at all. The riffs on here are just slamming, face-meets-broken-glass-and-rusty-nails brutal, case in point, the track “Living Hell”. When that song breaks down, holy shit, it’s heavy sludge perfection. The drum tones are more like they were on the s/t EP, which I very much prefer. The combination bass drum/cymbal hits are much more punchy this time around. Elephant stomping heaviness. I’ll say it again, this band can do no wrong. Stoked for everything. Killer split.
by Oliver Sheppard